|TX||Signed into law||P-12||Personal Graduation Plans|
H.B. 5 - Personal Graduation Plans
Reframes existing middle/high school personal graduation plan policy as "Junior High or Middle School Personal Graduation Plan." Adds new High School Personal Graduation Plan provisions. Directs the Texas Education Agency, in consultation with the Texas Workfo...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Early Warning Systems in Grades 6-8|
S.B. 850 - Early Warning Systems in Grades 6-8
Section 1: Requires a school that includes any grades 6-8 to implement an early warning system to identify students. Requires an early warning system to include specified early warning indicators on attendance, suspensions, course failure in English or math, a...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Middle Grades Course Content Standards|
S.B. 850 - Middle Grades Course Content Standards
Section 3: Requires the state board to remove a middle grades course in the Course Code Directory that does not fully integrate all appropriate curricular content required by state standards. Permits the state board approve a new course only if it meets the re...
|AK||Signed into law 05/2014||P-12||STEM Program for Underserved Middle School Students|
Section 48. Allows the Department of Education and Early Development to award a grant to a nonprofit organization for a pilot project to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for underserved and unrepresented middle school students...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Reading Intervention Pilot Program|
Section 1. Directs the State Department of Education to conduct a reading intervention pilot program in one or more "C" level or low-performing school districts. Requires the pilot to focus on the use of data coaches to improve reading and literacy, to determi...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Middle School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program|
Section 4. Establishes a middle school dropout prevention pilot program in certain "D" and "F" rated school districts to reengage students and increase graduation rates through an educational program that provides vocational technology, flexible scheduling and...
|WI||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Pupils in Grades 7 and 8 Can Earn High School Credit|
Allows a school board to count a credit that a pupil earns in grade 7 or 8 towards graduation requirements if all of the following are satisfied:
1. The pupil's performance on an examination under s. 118.30 or a similar examination approved by the school board...
|WA||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Budget - Increase Instructional Hours|
From bill analysis:An increase in instructional hours is funded for grades 7 through 12. As of the 2014-15 school year, funding allocations for an additional 2.2222 hours of instruction per week is provided, increasing the total required instruction for each o...
|FL||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Middle Grades Assessment|
S.B. 1076 - Middle Grades Assessments
Provides middle grades students' successful completion of a high school Algebra I or geometry course is not contingent on Common Core Algebra I or geometry assessments once state transitions to those assessments. Removes requirement that a middle grades studen...
|UT||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Expanding Access for Sixth Graders to Secondary Education|
From bill summary: Defines secondary school as school serving any grades 7-12. Provides that a secondary school may impose a fee to secondary students, including students in grade 6 attending a secondary school. Provides that certain remediation programs apply...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||P-3 Literacy & Middle Grades Math Interventions|
H.B. 2068/S.B. 1171
Requires local school divisions to provide early intervention services to kindergarten to grade three students who demonstrate deficiencies based on their individual performance on diagnostic reading tests (previously only required intervention services in 3rd...
|GA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Program for Middle School Children During Nonschool Hours|
H.B. 706 - Program for Middle School Children During Nonschool Hours
Repeals Section 20-2-312, relating to a state program for middle school children during nonschool hours. Page 7 of 11: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/127649.pdf...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Task Force to Study Interscholastic Athletics at the Middle School Level|
Directs the Legislative Research Commission to establish a task force to study interscholastic athletics at the middle school level, and assess possible options for the creation of "best practice" guidelines. Identifies specific areas of investigation. Require...
|CO||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Interventions For Middle School Students|
The bill directs districts to consider adopting procedures by which the schools use available data to identify and provide intervention services to students in grades 6 through 9 who are exhibiting behaviors that indicate the students are at increased risk of ...
|TN||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Middle Schools Teaching High School Courses|
Provides that schools teaching courses in grades seven or eight that are also taught in any grade nine through twelve and which count toward high school graduation shall be classifed as secondary schools. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HB2653.pdf...
|CT||Signed into law 07/2011||P-12||Secondary School Reform Act Delay/Teacher Evaluations/Tenure/Student Governance Councils/6th Grade Student Success Plan|
Secondary School Reform Act - Delays by two years the implementation of the secondary school reform requirements enacted in 2010 that: (1) Increase the minimum number of credits required to graduate from high school; (2) Require school districts to offer stude...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Digital Curriculum/ Middle School Career and Professional Academy|
H.B. 1255 - Sec. 17, 19, 20, 28
Authorizes school districts to provide a digital curriculum for students in grades 6 through 12 (Sec. 17). Requires a district's strategic plan to include plans to implement a middle school career and professional academy (Sec. 20). Eliminates the requirement ...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Middle School Program|
H.B. 192 - Middle School Program
Amends grade configurations and other criteria that qualify schools for participation in the middle school program. Repeals provision requiring minimum 5 hours of instruction in middle schools to include, for students not performing on grade level, remedial in...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12|
|Repeals Various Obsolete Education Provisions|
Repeals provisions relating to programs that were never implemented or are no longer funded. The programs are: Digital Divide Council and the associated Pilot Project for Discounted Computers and Internet Access for Low-Income Students; the Institute on Urban ...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Middle School Career and Professional Academy|
S.B. 2120 - Sec. 16
Sec. 16 - Requires, beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, each district school board, in collaboration with regional workforce boards, economic development agencies, and state-approved postsecondary institutions, to include plans to implement a career and ...
|ND||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Career Planning|
S.B. 2150 - Multiple Provisions
Requires each district to provide students in grade 7 or 8 with an individual consultative process or a nine-week course for the purpose of discussing the results of their career interest inventory, selecting high school courses appropriate to their educationa...
|AK||Adopted 08/2010||P-12||Work Ready/College Ready Transitional Skills Curriculum and Benchmark Assessments|
4 AAC 06.715
Amends the Alaska Administrative Code, 4 AAC 06. 715(b), regarding Work Ready/College Ready transitional skills curriculum and benchmark assessments. Provides that in each school year that the state obtains the license to allow districts to administer the Work...
|WV||Signed into law 07/2010||P-12||Alternative Schools|
Provides uniformity in alternative schools and requires a pilot program that will allow alternative schools in elementary and middle schools. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=sb2010%20enr.htm&yr=2010&sesstype=2X&i=2010 ...
|GA||Vetoed 06/2010||P-12||Middle School and Academic Instruction per Day|
Revises and clarifies language relating to the organization of schools serving grades 6, 7 and/or 8. Provides that schools serving any of those grades qualify for the middle school program for students. Eliminates provision that for students not performing on ...
|FL||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||School Grades|
H.B. 1255 - Sec. 6, 29
Amends the formula for calculating school grades to include end-of-course (EOC) assessments taken by middle school students and middle school student attainment of industry certification. Provides that student performance on statewide assessments determine sch...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||School Structure|
AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 15, CHAPTER 4, ARTICLE 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, BY ADDING SECTION 15-447.01; amending sections 15-901 and 15-2002, Arizona Revised Statutes. Enables a common school district to offer instruction in grade nine on the condition that the...
|WV||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Comprehensive Middle Schools|
Allows, upon application by a county board of education, the School Building Authority (SBA) to allocate and expend certain moneys for school major improvement projects for vocational programs at comprehensive middle schools. Defines "comprehensive middle scho...
|VA||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12||Economics Education and Financial Literacy|
Repeals the requirement for economics education and financial literacy instruction in middle and high schools.
|GA||Adopted 11/2009||P-12||Athletics Participation, No Pass No Play Grades 6-12|
GAC 160 -5-1-.18, -.19
Adds that retention of students for athletic purposes is prohibited. Repeals rule 160-5-1-.19 "Grades 6-8: Competitive Interscholastic Activities" and adds provisions related to no pass no play for middle grades students to rule 160 -5-1-.18. Requires students...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Awarding of Credit for Courses Taken in Middle Grades|
Relates to the authorization of students in grade 7 or 8 to enroll in a high school course. Allows a student to participate in the course where the student attends school as long as the course is taught by a certified high school teacher who teaches in a high ...
|OH||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||College and Career Readiness, Financial Literacy|
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.0721, 3301.079(A)(2) and 3313.601, 3313.603
Section 3301.079(A)(2). Requires the state board to adopt K-12 standards for instruction in financial literacy and entrepreneurship, which must meet the same requirements as standards in the core areas of English, math, science and social studies (i.e., the st...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2009||P-12||Assist Students in Transition Between Middle School and High School|
Employee Leave for Parent Conferences:
- Requires local boards of education to work with business leaders to encourage local businesses to adopt personnel policies to permit parents to attend student conferences.
Transitioning to High School:
- Encourages loc...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||High School Innovation Grant Initiative|
Extends the high school innovation grant initiative to middle and junior high schools. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB02263F.pdf...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Revised K-12 Curriculum Requirements|
H.B. 3 - Section 25
Requires the state board to adopt rules requiring students in grades 6-8 to complete at least one fine arts course.
Each time the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board revises the Internet database of the coordinating board's official statewide inventory ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Participation in Teacher Reading Academy|
H.B. 3 - Section 24
Amends action that triggers a teacher's participation in a teacher reading academy. Former provision required teacher to participate in reading academy if teacher provided instruction in reading, math, science or social studies to students in any grades 6-8 an...
|NV||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||At-Risk, Middle School|
Requires the development of an academic plan for pupils enrolling in their initial year at a middle school or junior high school; requires small learning communities in certain larger middle schools and junior high schools; requires a program of peer and adult...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Career/Technical Education|
Provides for career and technical education opportunities for middle school students; provides that a middle school that receives approval from the office of the superintendent of public instruction to provide a career and technical program in science, technol...
|IL||Adopted 04/2009||P-12||Middle Grades Certification|
23 IAC 1.75, .705, .720
1.75: Updates language regarding student information systems to reflect that the system is now compatible with all districts' local data packages.
.705 and .720: Provides temporary flexibility for staffing certain courses in grades 5-8 that require a middle gr...
|LA||Adopted 03/2009||P-12||Carnegie Credits for Middle School Students|
Amends rules relating to the Carnegie credit for middle school students.
|MA||Signed into law 12/2008||P-12||Commission on Middle Education|
Revives and continues the special commission on middle education in the Commonwealth.
|CA||Signed into law 09/2008||P-12|
|Early commitment to college program|
Establishes the Early Commitment to College Program. Requires schools designated and not designated as a College Opportunity Zone to provide pupils in grades 6 to 9, inclusive, the opportunity to sign a pledge declaring a commitment to finish high school and p...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||High School Dropout Prevention Act of 2008|
Provides that before a student between the ages of 17 and 18 may drop out, the student and student's parent must attend an exit interview, in which the student and parent provide written acknowledgement that withdrawal from school will likely reduce the studen...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Teacher Salary Supplement Program|
S.B. 2 - Sections 19 and 20
Defines "qualifying educational background." Beginning in fiscal year 2008-2009, provides an annual salary supplement of $4,100 for a full-time teacher and a partial salary supplement for a part-time teacher who teaches one or more courses of a secondary schoo...
|LA||Adopted 12/2007||P-12||Carnegie Credit for Middle School Students|
Amends sections of Bulletin 741-Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators concerning the Carnegie Credit for Middle School Students. Provides students who are repeating the 8th grade because they have failed the mathematics and/or English language arts comp...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2007||P-12||International Baccalaureate|
Amends law relating to the International Baccalaureate Program for high school and middle school pupils. Repeals provision regarding startup grants and an obsolete limitation on the amount of grants for middle school programs. Appropriates funds to the Superin...
|NY||Adopted 08/2007||P-12||Summer Academies and Teacher Professional Development for Middle Grades Math and Science|
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.14 and 100.15
Establishes criteria for the award of grants for the Excelsior Scholars program for grade 7 math and science students. Establishes criteria for the award of grants for summer institutes for mathematics and science teachers in grades 5-8. Effective November 15,...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Reaching One's Potential for Excellence (ROPE) Scholars Pilot Program.|
The purpose of the ROPE Scholars Pilot Program is to strengthen middle grades education in order to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from high school with the core academic skills needed for postsecondary education and high-skilled employment,...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12|
|Dropout Reporting, Exit Exam Alternatives, Competency Based Credits|
Expands the annual reports of accountability information to include the rate of pupils who drop out of school in grades 6, 7 and 8. Requires the State Board to prescribe alternative criteria that a pupil may satisfy to receive a standard high school diploma if...
|NY||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Excelsior Scholars and Summer Institutes for Grades 5-8 Math and Science Teachers|
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 39
Adds section 3641-A to the education code. Directs the commissioner to establish an Excelsior Scholars program for grade 7 math and science students. Directs the commissioner to award competitive grants, within the amounts appropriated for this purpose, to pub...
|IL||Adopted 09/2006||P-12||Highly Qualified Teachers, P.E. and Denial of Enrollment|
23 IAC 1.77, .242, .420, .430, .720
New section (p 243 of 405 http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume30_issue41.pdf) institutes a requirement that districts electronically report information used in determining whether teachers can be considered "highly quali...
|NC||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Role School Counselors Play in Providing Dropout Prevention|
Directs the state board of education to report on the role school counselors play in providing dropout prevention and intervention services to students in middle and high school and on the state board's implementation of its policy regarding school counselors....
|VA||Rule Adoption 07/2006||P-12||Standards For Accrediting Public Schools|
8 VAC 20-131-10 thru -320 non seq.
Amends regulations establishing standards for accrediting public schools in Virginia. The amendments include additional options for students to meet the requirements for graduation; change the methodology for calculating accreditation ratings; create greater ...
|HI||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Programs|
Appropriates funds to extend adolescent school-based substance abuse treatment programs to all middle and intermediate schools, with priority given to schools with the greatest need. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills/sb2505_cd1_.htm...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Florida Secondary School Redesign Act|
H.B. 7087 - Section 19
Defines secondary schools as those serving grades 6-12. Specifies that the following guiding principles must be used in the annual preparation of each secondary school's improvement plan:
(a) Struggling students, especially those in failing schools, need th...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Middle School Reforms|
H.B. 7087 (Section 21)
Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 2006-2007 school year, promotion from a school composed of middle grades 6, 7, and 8 requires that: (a) The student must successfully complete academic courses as follows: 1.. Three middle school or higher course...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Readiness for Postsecondary Education and Workforce Program|
H.B. 7087 (Section 37)
The legislation shifts career and postsecondary planning from 9th grade to beginning in middle school. It is the intent of the Legislature that students and parents set early achievement and career goals for the student's post-high-school experience during th...
|KY||Adopted 02/2006||P-12||Individual Learning Plans|
704 KAR 3:305 (section 3)
Requires districts to implement an advising and guidance process throughout the middle and high schools to provide support for the development and implementation of each student's Individual Learning Plan.
Requires districts to evaluate the effectiveness an...
|NY||Emergency Rule Adoption 05/2005||P-12||Middle-Level Education|
Title 8 NYCRR 100.3, .4, 80-5.12
Amends regulations to implement Regents policy statement on middle-level education. Districts with low-performing schools will be allowed to propose a program that strengthens core academic subjects and effective academic intervention services, and provides a...
|FL||Emergency Rule Adoption 04/2005||P-12||Course Requirements/Basic/Adult Secondary Programs|
Establishes emergency rules regarding course requirements. Establishes basic and adult secondary programs for 2005.
Course Requirements - Grades 6-12 Basic and Adult Secondary Programs – 2005. This emergency rule was adopted to amend the present course descri...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Teacher' Professional Growth Fund|
H.B. 93 (Sections 5 and 6)
Specifies that the teachers' professional growth fund is to provide teachers with high quality professional development in content knowledge in reading and classroom-based screening, diagnostic, assessment and intervention strategies. States that the fund may ...
|DE||Rule Adoption 01/2005||P-12||Standard Certificate Science Teacher Middle Level|
14 DAC 1542
Amends regulation relating to the certification of a science teacher of middle level by removing the requirements for earth science and physical science from this regulation, as middle school science is taught as an integrated science. Aligns the requirements ...
|GA||Adopted 07/2004||P-12||Middle School Program Criteria|
Clarifies rules to comply with new legislation to provide that a school may reduce the required five hours of academic time to four and one-half hours if the school has met Adequate Yearly Progress. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-4-2...
|RI||Became law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004||P-12||Middle Schools Performance|
Would require school committees in every city and town to initiate policies to improve the educational performance of its middle schools. ...
|DE||Rule Adoption 05/2004||P-12||Standard Certificate Middle Level Teacher|
14 DAC 1557
Amends regulation relating to the requirements for a standard certificate for a middle level teacher. Changes grade span from 5-8 to 6-8. Aligns with the No Child Left Behind Act. http://legis.state.de.us/LIS/Register.NSF/vwRegisters/712/$file/June2004.pdf...
|FL||To governor 05/2004||P-12||Middle Grades Reform Act|
Creates the "Middle School Reform Act;" provides definitions; prescribes program criteria and content; provides a timeline for implementation; requires an academic performance study of middle grade students and schools with recommendations for increase in perf...
|LA||Adopted 04/2004||P-12||PRAXIS Exams and Passing Scores|
Adopts rules to specify the exam and passing score(s) for the following certification areas: Business Education; Middle School Science; and Middle School Social Studies for the standards for certification of school personnel....
|NC||Signed into law 09/2002||P-12|
|Sections Pertaining to Dropout Data, Dropout Retention, Teacher Quality|
Directs the state board to improve the state's tracking of dropout data; encourages the concurrent enrollment of state technical high schools, career centers, and community colleges; directs the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to study the corr...
|MD||Signed into law 07/2002||P-12||Development of Middle School Teacher Certification|
Requires that the department and Professional Standards in Teaching Education Board develop a certificate for middle school teachers. http://mlis.state.md.us/2002rs/bills/hb/hb0661e.rtf...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Gear Up for CT Futures Account|
Allows the Board of Governors of Higher Education to establish and administer within the general fund a GEAR Up for Connecticut futures account. State treasurer may invest any moneys in the account not needed for current disbursement for scholarships, with int...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12|
Allows sixth grade mathematics teachers to obtain middle level endorsement by successfully completing a professional development institute in middle level mathematics. Such teacher shall be eligible to participate in a professional development institute in mi...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Tax to Support Prince George's County Programs|
Establishes sales and use tax on telecommunications service in Prince George's County. Net proceeds from the revenue must be used only as supplemental funds for the operation of the Prince George's County School System. The board must consider using such fund...
|KY||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Professional Development for Middle School Math Teachers|
Retains priority for funding to improve middle school mathematics teachers' content knowledge; permits the Department of Education to approve funding for other content areas during 2000-2002 for middle school teachers if all funds are not needed for the first ...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Eligiblity of Middle and High School Libraries for Grant Funding|
Alters the state school library funds grant program of the School Accountability Funding and Excellence Program in order to make middle schools and high schools eligible for grants under the program....
|NM||Vetoed 04/2001||P-12||Middle Schools Defined|
The term and definition of "middle school" will be added to the school classifications of the Public School Code. Otherwise, the code defines only elementary, junior high and high schools.
|KY||Signed into law 04/2000||P-12||Professional Development Fund|
Creates the Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Fund to provide moneys to teachers of middle school mathematics for tuition reimbursements and stipends for approved university and college courses, approved professional development programs and p...
|GA||Signed into law 03/2000||P-12||Omnibus Bill - Middle School Schedules and Accountability|
The requirements for the middle school program stay exactly the same for the next school year, with 85 minutes of common planning time.
Beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, local boards of education shall schedule each middle school so as to give a minim...